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11:20 PM ET, May 3, 2012


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David Harsanyi / Human Events:
Who the hell is “Julia” and why am I paying for her whole life?  —  In the new Barack Obama campaign piece The Life of Julia, voters can “Take a look at how President Obama's policies help one woman over her lifetime — and how Mitt Romney would change her story.”
Kevin D. Williamson / National Review:
‘Julia’  —  Alas, Team Obama has omitted a few milestones from the life of Julia:  —  4 months: Julia's mother decides that giving birth will be hard on her figure.  She kills Julia.  Under Barack Obama, her right to do so is absolutely nonnegotiable.  —  10 years: Trapped in a failing …
Discussion: Power Line
Ann Althouse / Althouse:
Who is this woman?  —  Genevieve Cook, who at 25, had an 18-month affair with the 22-year-old Barack Obama. … By the way, in his book “Dreams From My Father,” Obama writes of being openly critical of a black man with a white girlfriend: … ADDED: I get the feeling that the hostility expressed toward …
Discussion: Washington Post and RedState
Joe Picard / The Hill:
Obama administration hits back on notion that it abandoned Chen in China  —  The Obama administration pushed back Thursday evening on the notion that U.S. diplomats abandoned Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng when they let him leave the Beijing embassy on Wednesday.
Discussion: Eschaton
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Chinese dissident becomes political headache for Obama
Discussion: National Review
Julian Pecquet / The Hill:
Republicans rip Obama's handling of Chinese activist Chen
Justin Sink / The Hill:
In Virginia, Bachmann endorses Romney
Discussion: Politico and ABCNEWS
Tim Mak / Politico:
Gingrich: Romney said untrue things  —  Newt Gingrich accused Mitt Romney on Thursday of saying “things that weren't true,"but fell short of reasserting his claim that Romney was a liar.  —  “I still believe that the Romney campaign said things that weren't true,” said Gingrich on CNN's “Situation Room.”
Bachmann: 'He Can't Beat Obama ... Not Going to Happen'  —  Michele Bachmann has finally decided to endorse Mitt Romney - 119 days after she dropped out of the race.  —  The endorsement will come at a joint Romney-Bachmann appearance on Thursday.  No doubt Bachmann will talk about the importance …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Perry: ‘God help us’ if Romney loses
Discussion: CNN
Newt Gingrich / CNN:
Gingrich says he's already endorsed Romney, still critical
After A Twitter Win, Romney Meets The Online Right  —  A united front against Obama and the liberal media.  But: Huffington Post broke news of the meeting.  —  At the Republican National Committee yesterday, conservative online writers and bloggers who arrived to meet with Romney were also shown …
Washington Examiner:
Klein: Obama is winning the general election  —  The general election unofficially began nearly a month ago, and so far President Obama is winning.  —  This has nothing to do with poll numbers.  Sure, Obama enjoys a statistically insignificant 3.7 percent edge over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney …
Discussion: Hot Air and The Jawa Report
Combating Terrorism Center at West Point:
Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined?  —  Authors: Don Rassler, Gabriel Koehler-Derrick, Liam Collins, Muhammad al-Obaidi, Nelly Lahoud  —  This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC).
Conservative Activist: More Navy SEALs to Attack Obama  —  Joel Arends, the man behind the ad hammering the White House for “taking so much credit” on Bin Laden, believes more Special Forces operators will come out against Obama.  Arends objects to the term “swift boat.”
Jim Hoft / The Gateway Pundit:
Horror!... Neo-Nazi #Occupy Phoenix Protester Goes On Shooting Rampage - 5 Dead  —  Back in October we reported that Neo-Nazi Jason Todd Ready was patrolling the #Occupy Phoenix camp with AR-15′s.  —  Neo-Nazi Jason Todd (J.T.) Ready pictured on left patrolling the Occupy Phoenix protest …
Jim Treacher / The Daily Caller:   The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: … Just because the Cleveland 5 …
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Another Misleading Edit Costs Another NBC News Employee Her Job  —  Lilia Luciano, a Miami-based NBC News correspondent, is no longer working for the network, TVNewser has learned.  —  Luciano last reported for NBC News March 31.  Until that point, she had been reporting mainly on the Trayvon Martin story.
Do Liberals Live Under A ‘Tyranny Of Cliches’? … Conservative critic Jonah Goldberg says he's inspired to write when he gets annoyed.  “Aggravation is a muse,” he says.  And after speaking on a number of college campuses, he grew aggravated enough to write a book.
Morgan Korn / Yahoo! Finance:
T. Boone Pickens: Biggest Deterrent To U.S. Energy Plan Is Koch Industries  —  Investor T. Boone Pickens has made a fortune over the years running an energy-oriented hedge fund, and in recent years he's been placing big bets on the natural gas and wind industries.
Discussion: ThinkProgress and Business Insider
Washington Post:
Post Poll: Obama leads Romney as campaigns converge on Virginia  —  President Obama leads former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Virginia but commonwealth voters are evenly divided on the White House's major policies, a new Washington Post poll shows.  —  Obama is ahead of Romney …
Colin Powell Says Iraq ‘Blot’ Teaches Need for Skepticism  —  Colin Powell says his erroneous address to the United Nations about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction provides a lesson to business leaders on the importance of staying skeptical and following their intuition.
Dave Boyer / Washington Times:
RNC campaign parodies Obama '08 sticker  —  The Republican National Committee is getting ahead of President Obama's official campaign kickoff in Ohio and Virginia on Saturday with a media blitz labeling his re-election drive the “Hype & Blame” tour.  —  The RNC will sell “Hype & Blame 2012” …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
CNN Ratings Decline Stirs Worries  —  “Maybe CNN is just like an emergency room.”  —  That is what a longtime CNN employee theorized last year, during one of the channel's predictable defeats in the Nielsen ratings.  —  When elections and explosions happen, people tune in to CNN …
Karl Smith / Modeled Behavior:
Rajan on Lessons from Recession  —  Tyler Cowen can't heap enough praise on this paper from Raghuram Rajan.  —  I am loathe to use such language, but at this late date I think it helps to be direct.  The paper reads to me like nonsense on stilts.  Ostensibly its about the ineffectiveness …
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Smartest Guy in the Room  —  Failed Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry's (D., Mass.) long history of ethically dubious investments could invite controversy as he takes on a new role as a “top surrogate” for President Obama's reelection campaign.
Jonathan H. Adler / The Volokh Conspiracy:
Secondary Boycotts and the Breakdown of Civil Society  —  Activist groups of various political stripes are increasingly urging boycotts of companies not because of the companies' own behavior, but because of the behavior or speech of those the companies patronize or support.
Wall Street Journal:
Noonan: The Case for Dick Lugar  —  Washington needs seasoned statesmen, especially at a time of national crisis.  —  Let's wade into an argument, and on what may well be the losing side.  —  The most recent polls suggest Dick Lugar, the senior U.S. senator from Indiana, first elected in 1976 …
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
A GOP ‘assault’ on women's health?  —  “In order to pay for it, [House Republicans] are going to make an assault on women's health, make another assault on women's health, continue our assault on women's health and pay for this with prevention initiatives that are in effect right …
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Olivier Knox / ABCNEWS:
Obama's Cinco de Mayo wish: Signing the DREAM Act
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Travis Waldron / ThinkProgress:
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Alexander Burns / Politico:
11 Dem state chairs endorsing ‘freedom to marry’
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Gov. Bentley accepts $100,000 grant from Verizon for state's emergency relief fund
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Paul Krugman:
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